Singer Oscar Pollock on the outlandish positivity of Sundara Karma’s new music, unpronounceable album titles and the right way to get gossip about Madonna
Sundara Karma have unveiled the video for brand spanking new single ‘One Final Evening On Earth’. Test it out beneath, together with our interview with frontman Oscar Pollock.
The monitor is taken from the band’s upcoming second album second album ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’, which was co-produced by Stuart Worth (The Killers, All the things All the things, New Order, Les Rhythm Digitales) and Kaines (Alex from All the things All the things).
“I needed to make a music video impressed by the Dogme 95 motion – one thing actually slapdash/DIY,” stated Pollock of the video. “One thing that relied upon the character and the situation slightly than perfection or meticulous lighting. I shot all of it on an outdated Sony DCR-VX9000E and the batteries for the digital camera have been horrendous so the digital camera might have lower out at actually any second, which means we might solely actually afford to do one shot of every scene. The profit was that it that made it really feel extra like a documentary which was good.”
By the tip of touring their debut album ‘Youth Is Solely Ever Enjoyable In Retrospect’, Sundara Karma had develop into sufficiently big to headline Brixton Academy, whereas their homecoming present at Studying Competition noticed hundreds locked out of their present on the NME Stage tent.
They achieved that with barely any hype – however the two singles previewing March’s new album ‘Ufilas Alphabet’ have proved too enormous for anybody to disregard. Produced by Madonna/The Killers overlord Stuart Worth, Tom Fuller and All the things All the things guitarist Alex Robertshaw, on ‘Illusions’ and ‘One Final Evening On This Earth’ Sundara Karma have saved their indie angle however doused it with enormous pop positivity.
With an enormous April tour simply introduced, NME requested singer Oscar Pollock what’s introduced on their positivity, working with the most well liked tour designer round, simply how ‘Ufilas Alphabet’ is pronounced and whether or not Stuart Worth gave the band any gossip on Madonna.
Have been you nervous about what followers would make of the poppier sound?
“Not on the time. We didn’t actually give it some thought till our first interview. All of us checked out one another, and we have been all considering, ‘Oh fuck, persons are really going to listen to this!’ The response isn’t one thing we consciously considered. It’s completely different, for positive, however I believe it’s only a higher file. The headspace we have been in once we have been recording was very constructive. To have fun, you’ve received to be constructive, and that’s how we have been feeling.”
Was there something that modified concerning the band’s private circumstances to make you so joyful in these songs?
“I don’t suppose something actually did. You’ve gotten peaks and dips, and for this album, once we writing and recording all the things was in a great place. The second we have been in was a great one, fortunately. That’s the one change.”
How did Alex from All the things All the things come to co-produce the album?
“We’re huge All the things All the things followers. When it got here to selecting a producer, our supervisor Peter McGaughrin, who additionally manages All the things All the things, requested if we’d think about Alex. At first we thought “That’d be insane! Nice!” however we have been additionally cautious of wanting the album to be our personal factor and never be influenced by one other artist’s imaginative and prescient. However after the primary few days within the studio, we realised Alex is so good. He’s introduced a lot to the album, along with his musical information.”
How did a giant pop titan like Stuart Worth come on board?
“That was a part of the identical dialog with our supervisor about producers. We determined we needed to make a extremely formidable pop file, and Stuart Worth is the person to try this. Additionally, he’s from Studying like us, so there was a tie-in there immediately. We talked about Thornbury Park and all of the hi-jinx you rise up to there. There’s nothing else to do in Studying.”
Other than making fabulous pop information…
“Other than making fabulous pop information, precisely. It was fairly cool hanging out with Stuart in LA for just a few days. It was a stranger technique of recording, as we have been recording all of the band members in England with Alex, with the musical stems then despatched over to Stuart in LA so as to add his filter. I used to be in a position to be part of him for a few of that course of. It’s fairly an unconventional technique to make an album, however it was quite a lot of enjoyable.”
Did you ask Stuart for gossip about Madonna or The Killers?
“I requested him how ‘Hung Up’ happened with Madonna, and he instructed me a really heartwarming story about how Madonna sang it. There’s nothing sinister to the story, however I don’t wish to get a repute as a pop gossip, so I’ll preserve it to me and Stuart.”
You tease… So, who or what’s Ufilas?
“Sorry, who? Ophelia?”
Ufilas? As in ‘Ufilas Alphabet’?
“Oh, yeah, OK, Ufilas. (Oscar pronounces it as, there’s no different method of placing this, “Oh, really feel ass”.) He was a Christian missionary who created the Gothic alphabet. There’s an entire backstory to Ufilas, which ties in to the album’s themes of lack of religion, understanding what to not imagine in. But in addition, we actually preferred the phrases ‘Ufilas Alphabet’ collectively. The aesthetic of these phrases could be very interesting.”
Aren’t you nervous that, as I’ve regrettably demonstrated, quite a lot of followers gained’t be capable to pronounce the album title?
“That’s positively going to occur, however I don’t actually thoughts. All the things is written down now, so it’s not a lot of a hindrance. However, look, we’re known as Sundara Karma, keep in mind? We’re used to not making it straightforward for ourselves.”
You’ve stated you have been writing songs with out considering of them as Sundara Karma songs. Would you be concerned about writing for different artists?
“It wasn’t that a lot, it was as a result of writing songs with out considering what they’re for is a enjoyable train. I wasn’t considering of writing them for any particular different folks, it was stepping exterior of the restrictions of writing only for your self. You abruptly take into consideration completely different lives, individuals who aren’t actual. It’s good for creativity. I’ve written just a few songs that don’t work for Sundara Karma. Who is aware of in the event that they’ll ever see the sunshine of day. I sit there considering “Hmm, both these want work or they’re completely not proper.” I’m unsure why they’re not proper, actually – it might be a case they’re not proper for the band now, however they might be sooner or later.”
In a dream world, who would you like to write down for?
“David Byrne or Wayne Coyne could be insane. I don’t know what sort of music we’d make, I believe I’d spend the entire time crying with pleasure, so most likely not a lot would get performed. I noticed David Byrne on the O2, and I believe it’s the most effective present I’ve ever seen. Visually, indisputably. He’s a genius.”
Have you considered how Sundara Karma’s subsequent tour ought to look?
“It’s too early to say for positive the way it will work, however it’ll replicate the positivity of the file, its outlandishness. There’ll be a sensory bombardment of some kind. The appropriate concept for that presentation tends to simply occur, and till then I’ll be praying that it does occur. We’re really working with Rob Sinclair, who staged the David Byrne exhibits, so it must be actually particular.”
You headlined Brixton Academy by stealth, it appeared. No one was actually speaking or writing about you, and but the music slowly grew to become unignorable. Are you cheerful it occurred that method? Or would you like everybody to find out about you?
“It’s a great query, I’m completely happy you’ve picked up that we haven’t been shoved down folks’s throats. I’m pleased with our progress being natural, and that we have been by no means a press darlings’ band. The very fact we did it’s testomony to our followers, they’re the individuals who have pushed for us to get the place we have now. Which means a lot greater than doing it another method. Each fan we’ve come into contact with is so genuinely form and giving. Our fanbase provides again as a lot as we give to them.”
There’s a music on ‘Ufillas Alphabet’ known as ‘The Changeover’. Your voice could be very deep and darkish on it, like latter-period David Bowie. How did that come about within the studio?
“That was Alex. He received me to sing it 14 instances, simply me and an acoustic guitar, as a rehearsal earlier than doing an precise take. We then proceeded to do an precise take, and what you hear is just about the primary take. We solely did three correct takes, I believe.
Additionally on the album, ‘Little Good Homes’ is suburban disco worthy of Pulp. Have you ever received your individual little good home but?
“(Laughs) In just a few years, hopefully. Fucking home costs, although, come on. We’re a method off, and also you’d be shocked on the costs of property in Studying. I positively haven’t discovered a spot but. Who is aware of? That’s one thing to intention for on the third album.”
Sundara Karma launch ‘‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’ on March 1, earlier than touring in April. Dates are beneath. You should purchase tickets for the tour right here.
April 2: Barrowlands, Glasgow
April four: Rock Metropolis, Nottingham
April 6: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
April eight: Academy, Bristol
April 9: Academy, Sheffield
April 10: Institute, Birmingham
April 12: Guildhall, Southampton
April 14: Academy, Brixton
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